<ul>Jennifer Robinson Henry </ul><ul>Professional Library Portfolio 1996-Present </ul>
<ul>Philosophy of Librarianship </ul><ul>I believe that the library media center is a place where people learn to respect literature, language and technology and to seek answers to their questions. </ul><ul>I believe the library media center is a safe haven where questions can be asked and answers are always readily available. </ul><ul>I believe that the library media center will instruct individuals in skills to serve throughout life in all endeavors. </ul>
<ul>Philosophy of Teaching </ul><ul>I believe that there are multiple ways to teach a lesson. I know that I <li>am a constructivist by nature. As a school librarian I delve into any
and all content and subject areas whenever the need arises. To the
school librarian,information is just that...information. Whether in the
form of a social studies text, a mathematics forum or a literature blog,
it is still merely information used to reference a problem waiting to be
solved. Perhaps it is because I do not teach in a specific content
area like mathematics or science that I find it easy to adopt this
I think many of us believe that today's teaching strategies and tools
will quickly be replaced by newer trends, and I'm inclined to agree.
Yet generally the content remains the same. I believe the school
librarian should be involved in every subject area, every step of the
way. I believe they need to be involved in assessment, serve on
school planning committees and take steps to be a leader in new
technologies. Our emphasis must be on skills rather than a particular
content. Mastering the skills that allow a person to seek, interpret
and answer their own questions throughout life leads to students who
are truly masters of their own knowledge. </li></ul>
<ul>Beginnings </ul><ul>I have always had two loves. First, and foremost is my love of children and youth, secondly, is my love of books. As a young child of 7 I would cut strips of paper from my mother’s notebooks and place them inside the back of all my books. I’d put a sign on my bedroom door in the scrawling script of a child announcing the open hours of my “library.” I’d invite my parents to serve as my patrons. Although seemingly innocent at the time, I think even then I knew what I wanted to do. </ul>
<ul>Foundations </ul><ul>I began my college career in Rochester, New York at St. John Fisher College, where I promptly acquired a job as a student librarian in the inter-library loan department. It served as my first exposure to a college library setting, and I was instantly amazed by the wealth of knowledge available at my fingertips. I enjoyed being asked to fill patrons requests for information that was unavailable to them otherwise, and I was pleased to see the ease with which libraries shared their materials. Midway through my college career I transferred to the State University of New York College at Potsdam. I immediately headed to check out their library facilities and inquire about employment. They were pleased with my enthusiasm and soon three separate departments had hired me. I worked in the inter-library loan department at Potsdam, but I also worked at both the circulation desk and the Julia E. Crane music library. I continued working there until I married in 1999 and moved off campus. </ul>
<ul>Core </ul><ul>From 2001-2004 I served as an elementary school librarian for the Massena Central School District. I was responsible for all aspects of the library media center, from planning classes, creating programs, maintaining and improving the collection, and supervising staff in the facilities. In 2004 I began my current position as School Library System Coordinator for Champlain Valley Educational Services. I worked daily with school librarians in 41 school libraries in the Champlain Valley facilitating inter-library loan, professional development and the integration of 21 st Century Skills into the curriculum. </ul>
<ul>Local Programming </ul><ul><li>Successful Book Fairs </li></ul>Family book fair events coordinated to include guest readers, student puppet performances, and family reading time Young Drama Guild <ul>Student created puppet shows by older students for performance to younger students in classrooms Creation of Summer College Puppetry Class for students in grades K-3. New Media Fair Annual event opening the library to staff, students and parents, advertising all the newest materials available Jr. Librarians </ul>Program created to teach students the infastructure of the library media center and allow students to become workers in the library.
<ul>Regional Programming </ul><ul><li>P-16 Partners in Information Literacy </li></ul>Created in collaboration with the CVES Instructional Planning for Assessment Coordinator. Composed of school librarians from Champlain Valley as well as regional college librarians. The group emphasizes the information skills needed for college preparedness. Bi-Annual Book Review Project <ul>An opportunity for school librarians to review new books from publishers and retain the books free of cost for their libraries. Best Practices Workshops School librarians meet to share their best practices during these half day sessions. Sessions are held after each School Library System meeting and focus on an assigned subject area. Cooperative Services </ul>Organized through the CVES BOCES. Provide schools the opportunity to receive coordinated automation services and online resource purchasing.
<ul>Grants </ul><ul>RIF Books Provide three free books per year per student through grant funding. Nightengale News Creation of student-run newspaper through Article XV grant funding <li>LSTA Funding
Managed Federal Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) funding for two Improving System Services grants from the New York State Education Department.
Collaborated on a state-wide 2-year LSTA grant providing professional development from the American Association of School Librarians </li></ul>
<ul>Additional Programming </ul><ul>Massena Summer College for Kids Taught classes in Digital <li>Photography and Puppetry during
Member of Character Education Team </li></ul><ul>Member of SLS Staff Development Committee Massena Central School SLS Liaison </ul><ul>School Library System Committees: NYSUT Building Representative <li>School Library System Association Pres-Elect
NY Alliance Library Systems Conference Planner
NYS School Library Media Conference Chair 2009
NYS Permanent Teacher Certification School Administrator/Supervisor
2001-2003, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN </li></ul><ul>Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Technology & Library Science NYS Permanent Teacher Certification School Library Media Specialist </ul><ul><li>2001-2003, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY </li></ul><ul>Master of Science, Instructional Technology & Media Management </ul><ul><li>1998- 2000, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY Bachelor of Arts, English/Education </li></ul><ul>NYS Teacher Certification Pre-K-6 with 7-9 English Extension </ul><ul><li>1996-1998, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY </li></ul><ul>Major: Communication/English, Minor: Education </ul>